**Events March 24-30**


Tuesday, March 25

The Buddhist Puzzle: Inclusionary Doctrines, Exclusionary Politics

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, room 918

Join us for a conversation between Alfred Stepan and Duncan McCargo on their forthcoming article in the Journal of Democracy, The Buddhist Puzzle: Inclusionary Doctrines, Exclusionary Politics. To read a copy of the article prior to this conversation, please email jl3880@columbia.edu.

USP Speaker Series - Tackling Urban Poverty Through Research, Data, and Innovative Design

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1512

Join us as Bernise Ang shares her experience directing an experiment in urban innovation and neighborhood transformation in inner city Singapore (www.underthehood.cc). The project aims to develop a new method of tackling urban poverty, which blends disciplines such as anthropology, data science and design - doing so through a highly participatory process. Chat with Bernise about the challenges of innovation, working with stakeholders with wildly different priorities, and how realities on the ground nearly got the whole project stopped halfway.

Tow Center Presents An Evening with Twitter's Simon Rogers

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Pulitzer Hall, Stabile Student Center

As part of the Tow Center Computational Data Lecture Series, Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Twitter, takes your questions. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP here

Watch on LiveStream at 6:30pm (EST) and send your questions via Twitter #towtalk About Simon Rogers | @smfrogers: Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker.Author of Facts are Sacred, published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Twitter, San Francisco. Simon edited and created guardian.co.uk/data, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them and probably the worlds most popular data journalism website. He has also been a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. In May 2013, he joined Twitter in San Francisco as the organisations first Data Editor working to tell stories from billions of tweets. He was closely involved in the Guardians exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisations coverage of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wikileaks war logs. He was also a key part of the Reading the Riots team which investigated the causes of the 2011 England disturbances. Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardians online news service and has edited the papers science section. He has edited three Guardian books, including How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry and its impact. In 2012, Simon received the Royal Statistical Societys award for statistical excellence in journalism (online category), having been commended by the Society in 2010. His Factfile UK series of supplements won a silver at the Malofiej 2011 infographics award and the Datablog won the Newspaper Awards prize for Best Use of New Media, 2011. In 2011, Simon was named Best UK Internet Journalist by the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University and won the inaugural XCity award from City University.


Wednesday, March 26

Our Daily Bread: Feeding New York's Hungry" Film Screening & Discussion

12:15pm - 1:40pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus School of Social Work Bldg. Room C03

"Our Daily Bread: Feeding New York's Hungry" is a film screening and discussion with Film Director Dale Lindquist, LCSW, D. Min, and the Executive Director of St John's Bread and Life, Anthony Butler, MSW. This event is offered by the Office of Advising and the Office of Academic Affairs at Columbia School of Social Work.

Conflict in Crisis: On the Ground in Syria, Burma and Nigeria

2:15pm - 4:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1512

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents: "Conflict in Crisis: On the Ground in Syria, Burma and Nigeria". A talk with Ambassador Frederick Barton, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations U.S. Department of State. Moderated by Austin Long, Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, and member SIWPS.The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations is responsible for driving the State Departments efforts to improve U.S. government effectiveness in preventing conflict and addressing crises. Mr. Barton leads a team of more than 150, who work on more than a dozen countries, deploying a wide range of civilian talent quickly to address the causes of conflict. Current efforts include providing support to the Syrian opposition, supporting efforts to reduce violence and build community relations in Burma, and driving a multi-media campaign aimed at reducing the likelihood of mass violence in the Niger Delta.

Book Talk: Democracy Disfigured by Nadia Urbinati

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor

A panel discussion and reception on the occasion of a new publication by Prof. Nadia Urbinati: Democracy Disfigured

Panelists: Nadia Urbinati, author and Professor of Political Theory, Columbia University Federico Finchelstein, Associate Professor of History, New School for Social Research Ira Katznelson, Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University Maria Pia Lara, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research Victoria Murillo, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Columbia University

In Democracy Disfigured, Nadia Urbinati diagnoses the ills that beset the body politic in an age of hyper-partisanship and media monopolies and offers a spirited defense of the messy compromises and contentious outcomes that define democracy. Co-sponsored by the Blinken European Institute, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities

The Politicization of Futurism in Mussolinis Fascist Italy

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Room 411, Fayerweather Hall

Panelists: Emily Braun, Professor of Art History, Hunter College Victoria de Grazia, Professor of History, Columbia University Ernest Ialongo, Chair of the Columbia University Seminar in Modern Italian Studies and Assistant Professor of History, CUNY Hostos Community College

Part of an undergraduate event series organized by Jordan Freisleben (CC 15) and Julia Jarrett (CC 15).

Drones and the Obama Administration

6:15pm - 8:15pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall) Lecture Hall, Room 301

Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia J! ournalism School and reporter for the The New Yorker, will deliver a talk on the Obama administration's use of drones. Coll will be in discussion with Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History at Columbia, and Philip G. Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University. Alston served as the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions from 2004 to 2010. His 2010 report on targeted killings led by CIA drones was a defining critical document against the use of drones in warfare.The talk will be chaired by Mark Mazower, Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

The event is open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.


Thursday, March 27

Oceans, Plastic and Art: National Geographic Film Screening and Panel

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Northwest Corner Building, Room 602

Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean, short film tracks the recent journey of Expedition Gyre, a 14-member international team of scientists, artists and educators studying the global marine debris crisis in southwest Alaska. The team investigates the buildup of debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean with the goal of creating art from the trash they find to raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife. ' The panel includes award winning National Geographic filmmaker and explorer, JJ Kelley. Artist and Conservationist Asher Jay, among others. Open to the Public and the Columbia Community.


Friday, March 28

The Promises and Critiques of Capitalism: Changing Discourses Since the 18th Century

 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Fayerweather Hall, Room 513

A discussion with Jurgen Kocka, Professor Emeritus of History, Free University of Berlin.

Respondents: Martha Howell, Professor of History, Columbia University; Richard John, Professor of History, Columbia University; Sudipta Kaviraj, Professor of Indian Politics and Intellectual History, Columbia University; Jose Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Michele Alacevich, Associate Director for Research Activities, Heyman Center for the Humanities


From Armenia to New York: Five Short Films

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Schermerhorn Hall, Room 501

Please join us for screenings and discussion of five short films by up-and-coming Armenian filmmakers (Ophelia Harutyunyan, Jesse Soursourian, Viktorya Aleksanyan, Eric Shahinian, Anahid Yahjian), followed by a Q&A with the directors moderated by Raffi Asdourian (A&E, Sundance Channel). This event co-sponsored by the Armenian Society of Columbia University, Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies at Columbia University, Harriman Institute, the Middle East Institute, Kurdish Studies Student Association, and the Armenian General Benevolent Union.

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 29

The Hinge of the World: Connections, Networks, and Linkages in Inner Eurasia

9:00am - 5:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1512

The Harriman Institute and the Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies at Columbia University, Princeton University, and New York University are pleased to announce its 7th Annual OASIES Conference.

Inner Eurasia has been and continues to be particularly fertile terrain for thinking through ideas of connections, networks, and linkages across culture, space, and time. The very language of connecting and linking, however, can inadvertently simplify the complex and mutually constituting qualities of interactions at the point of impact. While the popular concept of globalization, for example, often highlights the entangled nature of politics, history and society, its theorizations also open up possibilities for more thorough investigation into the different elements of these entanglements. In other words, a productive engagement with connections and networks must be coupled with a re-interrogation of the basic units of analysis that might otherwise be too easily presupposed. Bearing this in mind, this years conference asks: in what ways can rethinking connections, networks, and linkages not only reconfigure but re-conceptualize the categories that structure our scholarship on Inner Eurasia?

The conference considers Eurasia past and present, spanning from the Black Sea to Mongolia, from Siberia to South Asia. Stressing multi-disciplinarity, submissions are welcome from a variety of departments, programs, and centers, including but not limited to: Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, History, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Caucasian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Inner Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Mongolian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, South Asian Studies, and Tibetan Studies.